Museu com Missão e Objetivo.


Museu com Missão e Objetivo.


The Utah Museum of Fine Arts engages visitors in discovering meaningful connections with the artistic expressions of the world’s cultures. We fulfill our mission by:

  • Acting as responsible stewards of the material legacy of the visual arts for the people of Utah
  • Serving as a teaching, learning and research resource for the University of Utah, the greater educational community, and the general public
  • Promoting an open dialogue with visitors and the community about the role of the visual arts in our society
  • Fostering and celebrating the diverse artistic expressions and accomplishments of the people of Utah and around the world
  • Cultivating community partnerships and collaborations to ensure that the visual arts will reach a broad public.
  • Offering a wide range of experiences that enable visitors to explore the variety of ways the arts can inform and enhance human experience


The Utah Museum of Fine Arts:

  • Upholds the highest level of stewardship, accepted museum practices and professional standards
  • Strives for excellence in serving the university and the diverse communities of Utah
  • Fosters mutual respect, trust, and collegiality with our colleagues and our community
  • Supports the advancement of the academic mission of the university
  • Exercises fiscal prudence and ethical responsibility for the Museum’s resources for future generations

The Museum is accredited by The American Association of Museums.

Don Olsen: Abstracts from Nature

Opens December 1, 2010

The exhibition Don Olsen: Abstracts from Nature, on view in the G.W. Anderson Family Great Hall, celebrates the 100th birthday of abstract artist Don Olsen (1910-1983). Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Olsen’s work was misunderstood because it represented a style unfamiliar to Utah audiences. Today, however, he is acknowledged as one of the most influential and gifted abstract artists to have worked in the region.  A student of Hans Hoffmann, Olsen created abstract expressionist works using volume, color, and shapes taken from nature. Large-scale paintings spanning forty years will highlight the most prominent work in his oeuvre.

salt 2: Sophie Whettnall

November 18, 2010 through February 27, 2011


1. A colorless or white crystalline solid used extensively in ground or granulated form as a food seasoning and preservative.
2. An element that gives flavor or zest.
3. Sharp, lively wit.
4. A mineral sharing definitive characteristics with Utah’s capital city.

salt 2: Sophie Whettnall is the second in the UMFA’s new series of exhibitions that showcase the work of contemporary artists from around the world. Belgian artist Sophie Whettnall (b. 1973) works mostly with photography, video, and multimedia installations, yet she was trained as a painter and much of her work retains a rich, painterly quality. Whettnall engages the temporal nature of video as a medium, creating images that inhabit a space between stillness and activity as they develop over time.  Frequently training her camera on the landscape, she explores the relationship between the self and its surroundings in a world of increasing transience and dislocation.


salt reflects the international impact of contemporary art today, forging local connections to the global, and bringing new and diverse artwork to the city that shares the program’s name.

With generous support from:

Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art

October 21, 2010 – February 13, 2011
Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art brings together classic works of Pop Art from the UMFA’s permanent collection, as well as more recent works influenced by Pop, with a focus on the human face and figure. Many works in the exhibition take the form of portraits, such as Alex Katz’s series of screen prints depicting young people in the 1970s, or ironic self-portraiture, as in Robert Arneson’s Untitled Trophy (Bust Of Bob) (1978). Faces also includes a series of Andy Warhol‘s Polaroid portraits, a recent gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view for the first time. Ranging from portraits of the rich and famous-among them, Pia Zadora, Yves Saint Laurent, and artist Keith Haring-to unknown figures, Warhol’s Polaroids reveal the idiosyncrasies of his subjects.

Yayoi Kusama: Decades

October 21, 2010 – February 13, 2011

Yayoi Kusama: Decades offers a focused presentation of exemplary works by renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A key figure in the New York art world of the late 1950s and 1960s, Kusama’s pioneering work has galvanized subsequent generations of artists. From her early watercolor paintings of the 1950s to her “accumulation” sculptures of the 1960s, to recent, large-scale “infinity nets” paintings, the exhibition highlights works from each decade of the artist’s long career.

With generous support from:

Trevor Southey: Reconciliation

October 21, 2010 through February 13, 2011
This retrospective of the life and work of Utah-based artist Trevor Southey gives prominence to four life passages that have defined Southey’s character and his art: his youth in Rhodesia and education in England; his life as a married, practicing Mormon and his desire for a utopian lifestyle created around family, farming, and art; Southey’s decision to acknowledge his homosexuality in 1982, which coincided with the first major public awareness of the AIDS epidemic; and the reconciliation of his life decisions as expressed in his revised artistic approach to the human form.

A Conversation with Artist Trevor Southey
Saturdays, January 22 and 29 • 2 pm
Join us for a conversation with Trevor Southey. Gain insight into his retrospective exhibition and seize the opportunity to meet the artist in person.

The Ideal Landscape

October 7, 2010 through January 9, 2011

This exhibition brings together thirteen Chinese landscape paintings dating from the Ming dynasty to the twentieth century. These artworks do not recreate a landscape, but instead conjure an ideal scene imagined by the painter. As a result, these depictions of mountains and bodies of water offer expressions of the artist’s heart and mind.

Community: Eat, Work, Play

May 6, 2010 – January 9, 2011

Community: Eat, Work, Play is a collaborative exhibition between the UMFA and Lincoln Elementary school. With the help of UMFA educators, first and sixth grade students will create large-scale murals to be installed in the Museum’s education gallery. Each group will take on one aspect of the theme, either eat, work or play, and explore visually how that idea is represented in their community.

Africa:Arts of a Continent

On view through September 4, 2011

This ambitious exhibition of African art objects drawn from the UMFA’s permanent collection centers on themes of the spirit world and afterlife. Africa: Arts of a Continent explores the spiritual and political power of Central African masks, the magic and mystery of ancestral African sculptures, and the enduring beauty of African objects used in everyday life. The installation debuts of one of the UMFA’s newest acquisitions: a late XXVIth Dynasty Egyptian sarcophagus.























































Don Olsen (1910-1983), Garcia Lorca, c.1960,
oil on canvas, private collection

Sophie Whettnall, Waterfall, 2008, video installation

Alex Katz, Ann Lauterbach, 1977, aquatint, UMFA#1976.008, Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Yayoi Kusama, The Earth, 1953, gouache and pastel on paper

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